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>> but it's sports center. >> it's sports center, yes. >> here's the deal. you are a star here, you will be a star at espn, and any place else you want to go. you go, girl. >> i'll miss you guys. on the broadcast tonight, under fire. you should hear what they said about the tsa today in washington, the folks who protect flying safety took a beating over what's still getting through. dialing for dollars. the extra fees on phone bills, the confusing language and hidden costs that are just now coming to light in what the government calls a $2 billion a year scheme. and light bulb revolt. with the deadline loocming, som are fighting back against using the new ones. and the dominating women of the u.s. soccer team tearing up the field in the field-good story of the summer. the field in the field-good story of the summer. "nightly news" begins now.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television good evening. while it's sometimes hard to remember what flying was like without the bins and the zip lock bags and the shoe and lap top removal and the occasional shouted cry of bag check, the tsa has been around now for almost a decade, there are 51,000 of them all wearing those blue shirts, working all flights, all shifts and their job is to keep the skies safe. 2 million people a day get screened at u.s. airports, 700 separate checkpoints at airports across the country. and while the tsa is used to complaining by now, this was complaint day in washington, the agency took the heat for everything we have seen here, the aggressive patdowns of kids and the elderly, the big bureaucracy they have become, and questions about imagination and common sense and how safe we really are given their $8 billion budget. it's where we begin tonight with nbc's tom costello.
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>> reporter: with it's tactics already making it one of the most ridiculed government agencies, members of congress today interrupted and taunted a top tsa administrator, even arguing amtrak police dogs would do a better job of explosive detech shin than the tsa's airport scanners. >> give me an amtrak dog and we'll find a bomb before your scanners will find a bomb. >> reporter: the tsa today acknowledged 2,500 security breaches since the agency was founded after 9/11. but that's over 10 years after 450 airports, on average, 5 1/2 breaches per airport per year, everything from a misplaced bag to doors left open and passengers walking into secure enarios, like the man who flew across country on an old boarding pass and an ofake id. while the tsa conducts security
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reviews of every airport every year, it today said it only conducted joint reviews with the fbi at 17% of the nation's highest risk airports. >> we will not get to 150% of 450 airports with the fbi every year, no. >> the idea that you haven't conducted joint vulnerability assessments at 100% of our airports is not acceptable. >> reporter: today the former security director from israel's ben gurion airport has shifted its focus to dangerous more than dangerous weapons. >> reporter: the tsa needs to stop treating babies and the elderly as extreme security threats. >> first of all, you have to identify the risk and when you identify the level of risk, then you can adjust the level of searching. >> reporter: following up on that, just a short time ago, the tsa e-mailed me a statement, saying, quote, we're working on common sense changes that will
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strengthen security by looking at the people who fly and by focusing on the highest risk threats. it would appear that the tsa has got the message and things may soon change. back to you. >> tom costello starting us off out at washington national tonight. tom, thanks. now to an outrage you may not have noticed, but the government now has, the question is how closely do any of us really look at the phone bill, all those charges on there? when unauthorized charges show up in that jumble of numbers, it's known in the trade as cramming, for how it's crammed in there. well, today a senate investigation said it's become a national epidemic, costing customers as much as $2 billion a year in all. and now the question, how do the phone companies allow it to happen? our report tonight from our senior investigative correspondent, lisa myers. >> reporter: bev arnold was shot to find almost $300 in charges
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buried on her phone bill. >> i was furious. >> reporter: the bogus charges were from companies she had never even heard of. today at a hearing, senator j. rockefeller said that millions of americans have already been victimized. how do the phone companies make money on this practice? >> every time something shows up of a cramming nature on one of their bills, they will make $1 or $2. >> reporter: we went to florida to track down some of the companies suspected of cramming. their corporate headquarters, seemingly only a post office box. we also visited the firm that represents many of these companies, named de data, and we fou
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we -- they say customers are only charged for items they authorize we were in your neighborhood and wanted to give you another chance to talk to us. >> reporter: phone companies have gotten hundreds of thousands of complaints, so why do they still give companies access to their customerses. >> they are allowing these people to use their platforms to bill because they're getting a piece of the pie. >> reporter: senate investigators say that since 2006, verizon, at&t and qwest have raked in $650 million in fees. still, today a phone industry representative argued that steps have been taken to stop cramming. >> there has been improvement, but it remains a very significant, very pervasive problem. >> verizon insists they do not tolerate cramming and customers who complain will be offered a refund. lisa myers, nbc news, washington. >> and one note on the ongoing debt ceiling fight and the talks tonight, the credit rating agency moody's put america's aaa
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rating on review for a downgrade, citing unserity on a deal before the deadline on august 2. moody's has already warned if the debt ceiling deal doesn't include significant progress in getting this country's fiscal problems under control, that aaa rating will be in jeopardy. overseas the scandal grows and so does the anger surrounding the media empire of rupert murdock. the phone hacking scandal has already taken a big prize away from him. his company news corporation badly wanted to buy the big satellite network bskyb. today they dropped their bid. there's no telling where this ends, but this is all new territory for this huge media figure and for great britain. nbc's stephanie gosk is in london for us tonight. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: news corps got beat up all day today both before and
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after they dropped out of the bid. one of their fiercest critics, former prime minister gordon brown who accused murdock's papers of law breaking on what he calls an industrial scale. >> order! order! >> reporter: in parliament today politicians for once found something they could agree on. rupert murdock's news corporation, they said should drop their bid for news network bskybuy. >> they've got to stop talking about mergers until they sort out the mess they created. >> reporter: but even before they voted, news corps beat them to it. >> they have decided in the last few moments they would withdraw. >> reporter: states they would walk away from a deal potentially worth billions. in a statement, the company said it has become clear that it is too difficult to progress in this climate. the climate turned hostile just ten days ago after news of a 14-year-old's cell phone had been hacked by news corps's reporters.
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news corp shut that paper down perhaps hoping to save the bskyb deal. but it didn't work. >> rupert murdock has rarely been thwarted in his ambitions. for the most part he has umt matd ultimately achieved what he has wanted to. >> reporter: and he has achieved a lot. starting with a single newspaper inherited from his father, rupert murdock has amassed some of the world's best known, most watched brands. movie studios, television networks, cable companies, internet properties, magazine and book publishing, all part of the murdock empire. if you're watching "american idol," "the simpsons" or "glee" you're watching news corps. "the wall street journal," the "new york post," fox news and 20th century fox movie blockbusters like avatar or x-men. and it's all made a fortune for murdock and given him enormous business and political clout.
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now really for the first time, that power is in jeopardy. tonight there's signs that murdock's troubles could spill out of the uk and across the atlantic. there are three u.s. senators and one congressman calling for separate, u.s.-led investigations of news corp. brian? >> stephanie gosk in london tonight. stephanie, thanks. and we'll have much more on this story tonight on a cnbc special report, called "empire under attack" it airs at 7:30 eastern time on cnbc. three powerful bombs exploded today in india's financial capital mumbai killing at least 21 people, it was the worst terrorist attack in mumbai since 2008. our coverage begins tonight with chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: the bombs were well hidden and coordinated to explode at the height of mumbai's evening rush hour. the first exploded in a renowned jewelry market just before 7:00 p.m. a minute later, a second, more powerful device went off in a
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crowded business district near a bus station, one bomb was apparently hidden under an umbrella, the other in an electric circuit box. after two back to back explosions, police knew, mumbai was under attack by terrorists. then a third bomb believed to have been in a taxi, exploded downtown. police locked down the city. >> the entire city of mumbai has been put on high alert. i would appeal to the people of mumbai and people all over the country to remain calm and maintain peace. >> reporter: so far, no one has claimed responsibility, but suspicion falls on the same pakistan-based group that attacked mumbai in 2008. this time, mumbai was better prepared, but the violence would inflame tension between two old enemies, india and pakistan, both nuclear powers. richard engel, nbc news, cairo.
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and here in our new york studios our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. this is your line of work, you ask any u.s. official what keeps you up at night, and they answer, these two countries, nuclear nations and especiallily pakistan. >> pakistan is about to pass france as the fifth greatest nuclear power in the world and they're on a hair trigger. there's no hot line between india and pakistan, only last week, diplomats from both countries meeting out at stanford university trying to talk about establishing a hotline. so unlike the cold war, there is no communication, they could have an accident. this time india has said in the past that they were restrained three years ago when it was proved that pakistan was behind the attack, they were restrained by the u.s., by the rest of the world, they did not retaliate.
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this time most likely they would. i was talking to a prominent indian diplomat saying he could not persuade his country to refrain. just tonight, the head of pakistani intelligence is meeting with the acting head of the cia here in the u.s. that was previously set up because of growing tension between the two countries, between us and pakistan, but this will be the number one topic now. >> a lot of pieces in play, a serious situation, glad to have you here, andrea mitchell, as always. when we come back here tonight after a break, how those squiggly shaped energy saving light bulbs are becoming a rallying point against government interference in people's lives. and later, the u.s. women's soccer team writing their own script in the sports story of the summer. acey calvert and i train professional athletes with yoga. i know how my body should feel.
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president george w. bush signed the bill and the phaseout starts next january. the idea of this forced switch to the new bulbs and the light they give off and how long it takes some of them to warm up, has irritated a lot of folks who consider it the ultimate example of intrusive government reaching into our homes and lives. an effort in congress to reverse it failed just this week. but in texas, they're not giving up the fight. our report tonight from nbc's concern tibbles. . >> reporter: from his lighting store in ft. worth, john patterson takes a dim view on traditional incandescent bulbs. >> i believe that americans ought to have a choice and be able to have a free choice to decide what they want to do with themselves. >> reporter: so patterson supports a new texas law aimed at circumventing the ban, by allowing made in texas incandescents to be sold in texas, offered by state
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representative george lavender. >> we're tired of the federal government micromanaging their lives. >> reporter: many still love the bulb that was invented 140 years ago. the traditional bulb that we all grew up with. >> the incandescent bulb we all grew up with. >> reporter: and the other one? >> this is a compact fluorescent light, this particular one is a 15 watt. the new kid on the block. >> reporter: a lot brighter. >> a lot brighter. if they're too harsh, you can wn wattage. >> the all light bulbs are electric heaters that give off a little bit of light. 90% of the energy is given often by heat. >> reporter: but the new bulbs also contain small amounts of mercury. >> if i dropped this light bulb, we would have to evacuate the house of representatives, according to the epa light bulb law. >> reporter: one group freedom action opposes the ban with the
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image of a black market other dealing with the incandescent light bulb. >> reporter: there is one problem with selling incandescent light bulbs in texas. >> reporter: but then a light bulb went off in george lavender's head. >> if we attract light bulb manufacturers to the state of texas, then it's a great jobs program. >> reporter: the message in texas, don't mess with the light bulb in the lone star state. kevin tibbles, nbc news, ft. worth. up next, as we continue, a new honor for this nation's newest hero. ts with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem. today we have pradaxa to reduce the risk of a stroke caused by a clot. in a clinical trial, pradaxa 150 mg reduced stroke risk 35% more than warfarin.
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the nation's newest medal of honor recipient having just had the medal placed around his neck by president obama yesterday was today honored at the pentagon inducted into the hall of heroes. he is army ranger sergeant first class leroy petrie, six tours in afghanistan, two in iraq, a married father of four, awarded the nation's highest military honor by saving the lives of fellow troopers by picking up a live grenade and throwing its which cost him his hand and much of his forearm. this photo received wide circulation around the country today, it's the president, shaking his new prosthetic hand yesterday at the white house.
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we wanted to show you how matter of fact he is about the new hand, which he loves to play with and talk about and demonstrate. that's a handsome hand. >> it's wonderful. when i lost it, i thought i was going to have a hook, which i was content with. i mean i was happy the way i lost my hand, but nevertheless, to lose a hand. >> shake my hand with that. >> oh, yes. >> tell me how it feels for you. >> for me it feels like a normal handshake. it uses the same muscles that i would to open and close. it's no change from what i did before. it took me a couple of hours to learn how to use it. >> if you haven't caught on by now, this is an exceptional guy. he's lost proud of something else, the names of the fallen from his ranger regiment, he's had them ascribed on the plate, affixed to the carbon fiber forearm he was fitted with. it's a reminder to him of the sacrifice he lives with every
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they beat france and now it's on to the finals for the world cup. we take a look at the women who have made this summer exciting. >> reporter: they are the wonder women of 2011, the u.s. women's soccer team, reaching the world cup finals, defeating france 3-1 in a glorious display of tenacity. >> this is about who wants it more. about who's willing to leave it all out on the field. >> reporter: this has not been an easy tournament for the team ranked number one in the world. they lost in the preliminary round to sweden. then on sunday, it took an overtime goal to send the contest against brazil into penalty kicks. but giving up is not in their playbook. >> we fought back from everything, we're resilient and i'm excited. >> reporter: they're using the burden of high expectations to sell nike and themselves. >> what if for the first time, there were no pressure? then we wouldn't have a chance. >> reporter: in new york city, 3,700 miles from today's triumph in germany, this team brought
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back memories of the 1999 squad, the last u.s. team to take the cup. >> everything's just so great. >> reporter: erin fitzsimmons was just 15 when mia hamm ignited her dreams. now the stars were goalie hope solo and forward abby wanbach. creating a new generation of fans. and they are a social media phenomenon, building their fan base on twitter and facebook, attracting not just girls and women, but some of america's best known male athletes, like lebron james or like super bowl mvp aaron rodgers, chad "ocho" cinco, people who are household names and they are actively following women's soccer. >> reporter: a new team with the
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same goal, one more win to make history. >> no pressure, but we'll be cheering for them in the final game. that's our broadcast for this wednesday. thank you for being with us. i'm brian williams. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. good night. -- captions by vitac --


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